Coffee Classical Series
Welcome to the United States of America
Hilbert Circle Theatre
The musical potpourri of North America from the last century sets us off on our musical journey this season. Kevin Day’s energetic and newly written Lightspeed precedes Barber’s Violin Concerto, which emerged from the shadows of WWII. The 1930s gave us Copland’s “Short Symphony,” and stellar piano player and jazz composer James P. Johnson—arguably the most important Black musician in New York in the 1920s—wrote “Drums,” which was lost for 40 years.
Program to Include
Lightspeed Fanfare for Orchestra
Symphony No. 2 "Short Symphony"
Drums: A Symphonic Poem
James Price Johnson